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Janice Byrd

Dr. Janice Byrd

Associate Professor of Education (Counselor Education)

Phone: 814-863-8115

301 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education


  • Counselor Education


Dr. Janice Byrd comes to us from Kent State University, where she was an assistant professor in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. She earned her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Iowa and an M.Ed. in counselor education (K-12 school counseling) from South Carolina State University. She has experience in K-12 settings (English teacher and school counseling), with the McNair Scholars Program, Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), TRIO, Upward Bound, and others.


Dr. Byrd also has experience working on teams to facilitate campus and community diversity training and has spoken on topics related to anti-racist pedagogy, advocacy, and equity in school counseling. Using critical epistemologies, her scholarship seeks to situate the lived experiences of students of color within the broader ecological context to systematically examine how their personal, social, academic, and career success is interrupted and/or enhanced by school, family, community settings, relationships and policies throughout all stages of the educational pipeline.


Her research areas of inquiry are college and career development of historically marginalized populations; the influence of the intersections of race and gender for Black girls and women on their academic, personal/social, and career development; and culturally responsive and trauma-informed counseling.


She is the graduate student coordinator for the Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender special interest group within AERA, and co-chair of the Advocacy Interest Network within the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision.

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